Love hurts. It sounds like a cliche, but new research suggests it might literally be true. Rejection by a romantic partner during a breakup activates regions of the brain associated with physical pain, according to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study.
“Rejection literally hurts,” researcher Edward Smith, a cognitive neuroscientist at Columbia University, told LiveScience.
People have long described the sadness over a lost love or a romantic breakup in much the same way, using words like “pain” and “hurt.” They often sounded as though they’re speaking interchangeably about mental anguish and physical suffering — making scientists wonder whether the two feelings might be triggering the same areas of the brain. Read more… Keep reading »
Women feel like they’re getting old when they’re a mere 29, while men don’t feel their age until they’re 58, according to a new study.
A quarter of women surveyed said they felt like they were over-the-hill when they found their first gray hairs, while men said age didn’t sink in with them until their sex lives were affected, the Daily Mail reported.
The poll, done by funeral company Avalon Funeral Plans, also found that 10 percent of women said their true age hit them when their skin lost its youthful glow. Another 50 percent said they felt old when their “assets” started to give after childbirth and breastfeeding. Read more… Keep reading »
Too much of a good thing can kill you.
Short spurts of strenuous physical activity, like having sex or going for a run, can dramatically raise the risk of life-threatening heart problems in older people, new research shows. The chance is even greater among those who don’t exercise regularly.
The study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, relied on data from 14 prior papers examining the relationship between sex, exercise and heart attack or sudden cardiac death. Read more… Keep reading »
If your man has a lower, deeper voice pitch, he’s more likely to have more sexual partners … and babies. That’s what researchers who study the science of cheating say, at least.
On the surface, you probably think, “Well, yeah, a guy with a deeper voice is just sexier, seems more confident, etc.” so it’s possible he’s got more game. (But not necessarily.) It’s also possible he’s more likely to be unfaithful. (Again, not necessarily.)
But the infidelity researchers say, “Yes, necessarily!” They had college students listen to recordings of male and female voices that were digitally raised and lowered. Women deemed men with the lowest-pitched voices most likely to cheat — and the most attractive. The same held true for the guys who listened to high-pitched women’s voices. Read more… Keep reading »
According to a new study, it’s not difficult to spot the most attention hungry, insecure women on Facebook and your other favorite social networking sites. You already know who they are because you see their photos every five seconds. Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that the women who posted the most photos of themselves were more likely to base their self-worth on physical appearance and have a need for validation and attention in the social networking arena. Keep reading »